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Page 6 Free Press Thursday, October 22, 2009 v, OF CABBAGES AND KINGS ili By LUELLE DOW Contributor Back in August I suggested someone write a story for the title "Only Trees Move At Mid- night." Shortly thereafter I met Bonnie Morrison Haines. She actually reads the Cheney Free Press. She reads my "contributions!" We talked. Soon I received a letter from her. "Thinking of quiet, dark nights," she said, "the enclosed verses emerged to "move me at midnight.'" Bonnie reminisces about her family home and of all the memories stored within. She said, "I have vivid memories of its rooms, sounds and essence." I too have thought of the home where I grew up. In my mind I can view many silent movies of former years. Have you ever sensed a presence in certain places? Our old homes do ca y a strong sense of former days, of the events that shaped our lives. Here's Bonnie Morrison Haines' poem: 114 West Fifth Street The land was bare, the house arose and on this night nobody knows the folks whose spirits lived inside They only say, "Oh yes, they've died." A family lived here many years, A last-born son, With smiles and tears -- The pets that ran and hunted here Lie buried, mostly, very near the big old pine behind their home, a marker for their quiet tomb. New voices fill the empty spaces-- Can they feel the many traces left by those who gathered here for forty-three astounding years? They have not lived and loved in vain, without a trace beyond their name Upon this moonlit night there falls a spirit strong within its walls-- upon the roof, beyond the sky, This family bids their home goodbye. B. Haines Sept. 5, 2009 Used by permission of the author Copyright 2009 Bonita Haines Bonnie, the rhythm of your poetry is beauti- ful. It is musical. And the chosen words evoke strong emotions. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Folks, Bonnie's story became a poem. I challenge someone else to put pen to paper. It doesn't have to be poetry. An old fellow told me a long time ago about his family's journey by train to Cheney when he was a small boy. They arrived in a snow storm. I never got around to writing about it. Now, it is too late. Your story doesn't have to be a remembrance. Did something interesting happen this morning? I'm waiting to hear from you. Luella Dow is a Cheney-area author and can be reached at GARDENING IN OUR AREA Contributed photo by Cheney United Methodist Church Volunteers help keep kids warm this winter Mary Ellen Camp, a volunteer from the United Methodist Church, sorts coats at the Cheney Help- ing Cheney/Coats 4 Kids coat distribution Saturday, Oct. 17 A total of 414 coa s were collected, cleaned by the Wash Tub and transported by the local Kiwanis. A little more than half the coats were distributed to kids in need at Salnave Elementary. The remaming coats will be available Saturday, Oct. 24 at Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ug and By LAVERLE MCCANDLESS Contributor The question most often asked this past week was, "What are . those clouds of flying insects?" They are winged aphids look- ing for a place to hide out and hibernate through the winter and come back next spring and start all over to try and disrupt the gardeners intentions of having perfect plants., Yes, they are mis- erable flying in your face, hair, on your clothes and in general a big nuisance! They were all over for a few days. The cold weather will either catch them out in the open and do them under or they will have found a place to hide out. I don't recall ever seeing this many at one time. Had to have been the up and down, cold to real warm weather we have had s are clues about year' rden so they were able to hatch a new batch and haunt all gardeners with what is to come next garden- ing season. Personally, I have very mixed feelings about the garden being put to rest for the winter. I al- ready miss the veggies fresh from the garden. "Dear common flower that grow'st beside the way, Fring- ing the dusty road with harmless gold." James Russell Lowell's "To the Dandelion" I don't miss the dandelion or the weeds but that's all a part of gardening. I have seen the dandelion seeds amongst other seeds floating or flying through the air looking for a place to land and start all over next spring to aggravate the gardener. Let's look forward to some- thing new coming out this fall and next year. As always, the poinsettia growers are constantly growing new types of plants. Another new double flowered variety looks more like a rose or a camellia and is being promoted for cut flowers. There are many different colors from the original red to white, pink, peach, orange and cinna- mon colors. "Red Fox Premium Ice Crystal" is billed as unique for its white-and-red bracts. There's also a new, highly perfumed clematis flower on a vigorous vine, sometime grow- ing up to 30 feet in a season. Clematis paniculata --sometimes sold as Clematis terniflora--is also called the "sweet autumn clematis" for Zone 4. From late summer into Octo- f ber this plant bears small one to one and a half inch pure white flowers which are very profuse and so fragrant, the plants looks like it is covered with snow, with silvery seed heads in the fall. This clematis blooms on new wood so it can be pruned any time as needed. This information came out in a November publication, a little late for this year. A few phone calls can be made to find out if this plant has reached our area. All the new plants and seeds for next year have been a joy to read'about and study. Just a few thoughts for those of you already thinking about next gardening season. Comments and questions can be directed to LaVerle at (509) 455- 7568 or IF YOU'RE NOT AT YOUR LAST JOB, YOUR 401(k) SHOULDN'T BE EITHER. 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